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6/10/14 12:27 P

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Hi all! My name is Heather! Obviously I enjoy writing, which is why I joined this group. If I could write anything it would be a cook book combined with short stories. I love to write descriptive, funny, and inspiring short stories. I have no training or education. I didn't take a single class in school that would have helped me with this, it's just something I love to do. I'm not worried about it being perfect, I just want it to be a good read. I don't have a clue how to write a novel, I wouldn't even know where to start. I've tried in the past and I can't stop being overly descriptive. I think I'll stick to the short stuff for now. I am looking forward to participating with this team!

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6/5/14 11:40 A

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Hello!!! I'm a 29 year old who is completely and utterly dreading turning the big 30 next year. I've been married to my extremely handsome husband for 10 years and we have 2 beautiful children, a boy and a girl. I was raised in a small, farming community in Ohio, but I've always had a big city heart. :) What I find so ironic is that I now find myself in a small, farming community in Kentucky, but I couldn't be happier. I've always enjoyed writing and recently, my husband has encouraged me to write out my "daydreams" and I believe that I'm going to take him up on his ideal. Enough about me, I can't wait to meet you all!

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5/19/14 7:44 A

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HI! My name's Steven. 63 year old retired high school teacher, but I'm still doing adjunct at the local community college a couple days a week. I've been published a couple of times in local and regional 'chap-books'. I recently attended a short story workshop led by Pat Carr (amazing). I left the workshop with 4 completed 'outlines'. NOW, all I need is the kick in the tush to get busy turning those outlines into short stories.

Oh yeah, I'm also 30 pounds overweight. Need some real kicking in that area.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

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I'm new. Hi everyone. I look forward to working with you all.

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5/8/14 8:17 A

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Poking around Spark, and saw this team on the team list of a couple of Spark friends. I've been on Spark for a few years and I post sporatically to the Nano team but mostly stick to my local teams and a few others.

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4/30/14 11:59 A

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HERKIMERANGEL80, Sounds like we enjoy the same genres!! :-) I'm a sucker for a Post-Apocalyptic story!! :-)

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4/30/14 11:56 A

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Hi everyone!

My name is Heather and I recently re-joined SparkPeople. I have lost 47 pounds in the past 3 months, but have recently hit a plateau. I am currently trying to break through that and trying to fight a bout of writer's block too! :-)

I love to write, but often find myself floundering to hitch myself to a really great, solid writing project. I was so happy to find this group!! I hope that by getting to know you folks and sharing ideas and experiences I can break through and come out on the other side writing an amazing piece!!
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Hello. I woke up one day in 2012 with a killer headache. I started writing down what the voices were telling me. When I finished, the headache went away and I had the rough draft to a cozy mystery. Unfortunately, due to a severe concussion, publication was postponed, Now that I am recovering and returning part time to the book, several more twists have 'popped' into my head and a major rewrite is in order. (third person to first person) I also discovered outlines to four different books in the series in my post-concussive random scribblings. It has been quite an experience for a math/computer geek.

What do you think of my 'blurb'?

"The Witness Protection Agency relocates Joy to a remote island off the coast of Maine. She is now the owner of the combined GGB Bar and Fitness Center, originally a tavern that dates back to the founding of the island by some unscrupulous men. After uncovering some antique journals documenting the founders' illegal activities Joy discovers that trouble can find her anywhere."




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4/22/14 12:00 P

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Hi, my name is Jo. I typically write sci-fi and high fantasy with heavy romance subplots. I also enjoy writing paranormal romance, alternative histories, and things like that. Currently working on getting a novel off the ground, but second guessing every other page I type. "Would they really say that? I don't think he'd be willing to go into that cave." etc.

" If you really believe in what you're doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up." -Laurie Notaro

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4/14/14 8:49 A

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Hello my name is Alissa. I have loved to write since I could write. I have written poetry since I learned about a haiku. I would write small "books" for my mother with about 15 or 20 haiku's . Now I write longer poems about what I am periencing at the time. Sometime they flow out and I can do 20-30 in one sitting. But like right now I am 'quiet'. I can't get an going. The great thing is I know that I am not stuck, just lacking inspiration. I do have a goal to write around 100 new people by Christmas to add to the book I have put together for my boyfriend. I know it will happen I just wished I could have a few out right now. emoticon emoticon

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4/13/14 10:00 P

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Hi, I'm not sure if I've been part of this group before or another but I've 'met' Lou and Abby.
Hi Lou and Abby!

A couple of years ago I was glancing through a free magazine that was delivered to our house and noticed an ad saying freelance writers wanted. The magazine needed freelance writers. I had no idea what a freelance writer was so I wrote into another writer's group I'm in and asked. After they told me I wrote to the magazine! I was so nervous, never doing anything like this before. They ended up publishing several articles I sent in. I have a tough time believing it really happened.
I'm not connected with this magazine now because they decided to have people interviewed and I wasn't interested in that.

What I want most to write is something I've been struggling with for many, many years. I want to write my life's story as sort of a legacy for our children after I'm gone. Darlene

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3/30/14 6:34 P

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emoticon I'm Sharon and I'm returning to Spark after a lengthy hiatus. I'm a writer, have two published novels and one short story. I'm currently working on the second book in a series, as well as working on a novel with my son. I'm 72 years old and writing was always a dream of mine. Five years ago I joined a local writing group and thought I'd give it a try. It wasn't as difficult as I had anticipated. When my first book was published, I sat down and cried. To see my name on a book cover was a my dream come true. If I can do it, folks, so can you. Don't let your dreams go by the wayside. Do something about it and you will never be sorry. I'm also on a weight loss journey so I need all the help I can get in that area. I hope you all had a great weekend and the coming week will meet all your hopes and desires.

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Read a Book and Capture Your Dreams.

Write a Book and Live Your Dreams.

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Welcome, MYLIBERTY

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3/28/14 9:01 P

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I am really excited about this group. All people need support in their goals. I am no exception. I love to write historical romance, but I am really no good at it. I am better at poetry. Still, I will continue to develop skills in the area of historical romance.

As I am sure you must have guessed by my being a member of spark people, I also am on a journey to lose weight. This journey is the most difficult for me. The writing journey while hard at times is one that I enjoy a great deal more.

While I hold a bachelor degree in English with a minor in creative writing and a Master of Science in Education, I have found that the degree does not make the writer. At least in my case it doesn't. I have traveled the world and have found that life experiences contribute a great deal to the writer's style. Without taking time to talk and walk with people in various styles of life, I cannot project the various lifestyles that my characters need in my writing.

I lift my pen to all those who enjoy the writer's life and wish you the best.

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Welcome, ALYNPOND!
It's good to meet you too.

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3/25/14 9:58 P

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Hello, fellow writers!

I'm Aly, and I'm just finishing up an English Lit degree with a minor in Fiction Writing. Hopefully, I'll finally put an end to my school days with a masters in library science.

Hooray! Books forever!

I hope everyone's writing projects are going well!

Good to meet you!

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3/3/14 9:57 A

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Welcome new people! Or, new people to this group!

Christina, I had to laugh about the journalism vs. creative expression. Not a good combination.



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3/2/14 9:02 P

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Hello! I'm not new to SparkPeople but it never occurred to me to look for a writer's group until yesterday. I can't believe you guys have been here this whole time! I am a doctoral student and writing is not only a big part of my life, but always will be in my future career. I like to write but I've developed some major anxiety over it and am terribly behind with several projects. I'm trying to establish a regular schedule but it is tough. It would be nice to have a place to chat with/cheer on others who write as well.

Happy Writing! (I hope!)

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2/25/14 2:07 P

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Hi, I'm Christina. I used to do a lot of journaling, later on I was trained in journalism (a wrong choice, really because I like to use writing as a form of emotional expression). I was in a writing group for few years and took several classes in writing fiction. I have published articles from time to time. I'm working on a project now describing my life experiences.

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2/23/14 7:40 P

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Hi everyone,
I'm new emoticon . I'm Chel from West Michigan. I've been a full-time writer for 7 1/2 years. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Hello, I'm new,

I live just north of Seattle. I teach full time and I also am a freelance curriculum writer.
I am excited to join you all.

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2/7/14 7:37 P

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emoticon I'm Dee from Oregon. I've been a writer all of my adult life, have had a few things published years ago. For the last twenty years or so, I've written just for the fun of it, but I do want to do something really special this year and at least make a public blog out of it. Maybe more.

Reading a book at the moment titled Zen Writing and am considering using it to jump start things again.

So very glad to have discovered this team. Glad to see it is active!! emoticon


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2/5/14 9:41 A

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Hello, everyone!
My name is Angel, and I am a 33 year old married mother of three living in central NY. I am not currently an active writer, though I have enjoyed writing as long as I can remember. It has been many years since I have written anything, but this year I am going to change that. I am going to begin with short stories, at least one of which I hope to develop into a novel. Right now my imagination is swimming with images of sci-fi, fantasy, and post apocalyptic themes; all I need to do now is organize my thoughts and share the story! Hopefully when the weather breaks, I can take my fitness routine outside for an added dose of inspiration. If there is anything else you'd like to know, feel free to visit my Sparkpage! Best of luck to everyone!

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1/19/14 9:33 P

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Hello everyone!!! I've always had a passion for writing; I had a poem published when I was 11 years old, and I've been writing ever since. I'm working on a piece right now; I'm not quite sure where it will go, and that's the beauty of it! I am particularly interested in horror and dramatic pieces. I'm an Army wife living down south but originally from the Northeast. Just trying to find my true (thinner) self!

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1/18/14 3:08 A

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I'm so excited to have found this group! I am trying to find a good balance between writing and healthy living. I tend to be all or nothing, so last year, when I wrote a novel, I also gained a stone! The second one is one it's way, i just need to get my weight down a little as well.

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1/14/14 11:31 A

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Renee, if CHI stands for Chicago, I'd recommend checking out the Romance Writers of America chapters there. I know some of the women that belong and it's a supportive group.



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Hi, my name is Renee and I am an aspiring writer. I have written poetry in the past but I am currently working (mostly procrastinating) on a romance fantasy novel. This will be my first novel if I can finish it. I have non-existent self-esteem so I never finish the projects I start, but I am determined to do it! I guess I just needed a kick in the pants and this group seemed like a great start!

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1/11/14 8:14 P

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emoticon Veronique and Joanne! Thanks for joining us here. Don't be shy with any questions you might have about writing or weight loss; we should have someone on the team who has an answer or can direct you to one. May you have much success. emoticon -- Lou

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hi my name is joanne . I love to write and motivate others to lose weight or just be healthy. I have never written a novel or even a short story. I love to blog. As you will see my writing is very simple but I feel it serves a purpose. My daughter and I both have pacemakers , my son has crohns ,my poor husband has to put up with us. I have been here at spark people for 5 years and I am trying to maintain a healthy life. I am glad to meet all of you and hope you have an awesome weekend

"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."~Aldous Huxley


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1/10/14 10:50 A

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Hi!

I'm Veronique! I have one traditionally published YA novel, and one self-published one.
After a writing hiatus (again), yesterday I started a new, completely different project. More of an adult contemporary fiction novel that I am borrowing heavily from my life to write. I'll probably publish it under a pseudonym... I am also brainstorming for a short story set in the world of my self-published novel which I am hoping to submit to a magazine.

I need to refind my self-confidence and along with it hopefully my muse. I look forward to meeting everyone here!

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1/4/14 9:26 A

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emoticon It is always nice meeting a new writer friend. Please keep up updated on your writing progress and your weight loss success. -- Lou

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Hi everyone! I'm Camy and I write Christian romantic suspense and this year, I'll be releasing my first Regency romance under a pseudonym, Camille Elliot. I also joined another writing group so I'm sure I'll see a lot of the same people here!

Romance with a kick of wasabi
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Kaie, I'm another northern transplant to Florida, but I'm way north of you. What genre of novel do you write? I'm romance all the way, baby!!! :)



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I am REALLY new to all of this. Therefore, bear with me please. Why have I joined this forum? I love to write. Writing keeps me centered when I'm being pulled in multiple directions. It stops me from eating when I'm stressed. It's my moment of privacy against the world and all of the troubles within it. I write fiction novels. Currently, I am completing the second novel of a trilogy. I also write personal poems and short stories.

I am a native of Rochester, New York and currently residing in Punta Gorda, Florida. I love animals and people. Retired from the medical field since 2007, I now have more time to write and mingle and unfortunately EAT.

I hope this brief excerpt gives you some feedback about me. If you wish to know more, don't hesitate to ask. Happy Holiday, be safe and eat healthy.

I'm on my way.


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emoticon and emoticon on your success! keep up the good work. -- Lou

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I can tell already that this group is going to be awesome!

Yes, I'm a writer, unpublished, and about 30K into a what I'm calling a gumbo of a novel. It's part romance part historical part paranormal, which I know sounds crazy, but it's working. I won Nano this year, which I'm quite proud of!

I'm motivated to lose weight and increase my word count! Next year, I'll be attending the Romantic Times Convention in NOLA, and I need to wear costumes for their parties. I've also signed up for their novel writing boot camp, so I want to be able to have a finished novel to work on while I'm there. If I'm really brave, I'll pitch it to someone!

Sounds like this is the perfect team for me!

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Hi emoticon Kate! Contrary to some people, I enjoy researching, fact checking, reading biographies if I'm referring to someone in a writing project. One thing I believe is vital for our writing success, no matter the genre, is to read AND STUDY books, articles, newsletters, brochures, etc., to learn how published materials similar to what we're working on are structured, where weak spots are, and so on. I often find myself doing a better (in my opinion) editing job of what I'm reading since that's what I do -- editing -- in addition to writing. So, read, study, research, learn, and above all -- WRITE! May you have great success. emoticon -- Lou

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Hi, when I was searching for teams to join, I discovered the Writing team and was delighted as I have had several ideas in mind and needed some motivation and accountability to get started.

I have written poetry off and on for a number of years. I have also played a lot of Dungeon and Dragons and I was keen to try my hand at writing a fantasy novel. Since I have joined the team, I have made a start and identified the topics I need to research, and have started researching.

Being a member of the team is keeping me focused and productive.

Cheers!

Kate

The only place we live is in this moment, right now. The past has been and gone, the future has not yet happened, all that exists is the now. You can glance at the past and the future but keep your eyes trained on the present. It is the cutting edge - We laugh, we love and we learn in this narrow band of time. - Kate Yianakis


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emoticon to our two newest members. Happy to have you with us. Don't hesitate asking questions; we have a variety of experienced writers and editors here so we can likely have answers for you. Enjoy writing. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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Hi All,

Like probably all of you, I primarily joined Spark People to lose weight and get healthy but after checking out the various teams it occurred to me that perhaps there is a writing-focused team so I ran a search and here you all are!

I have been working on my first novel for about 2 years now and like my struggle with being overweight, my commitment to write has fluctuated. I only have about 15,000 words of what you might call a manuscript so far and many more thousands of words in outlines and notes as well as quite a bit of time logged researching.

My chosen genre is high fantasy with some science fiction mixed in. I am particular fascinated with exoplanets, neutron stars, hyperspace travel and astrobiology and am attempting to marry these topics with judeo-christian beliefs in a fantasy setting.

I've had no formal writing training and am kind of a "figure it out as I go" type of person though I have listened to nearly every podcast on Brandon Sanderson's Writing Excuses and have read a few "how to" books on the topic. The one thing I have learned is that anyone can write but not everyone can write well. It's not easy!

Looking forward to getting to know the team and finding some motivation and encouragement to rededicate to write while also improving my fitness!


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Hi everybody. :)

I have been writing poetry for years and have always wanted to write a novel. It is nice to find others who enjoy writing.

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I work on just the graphics and the development (functionality) of the website. However, I work for a major publisher, and partake in a few of their books here and there. I love a good story and have a few ideas of my own. I just need to get started ;)

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emoticon to the team. As a web designer do you create the graphics, etc., or do you compose the text also? -- Lou

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Hello All!

I'm not a writer per-se, yet. I would really like to be one. At least as a hobby.

For now I'm a graphic designer/web developer looking for a change in pace. I'm really glad this team exists on this site, as I can now keep all of my goals packaged in one neat and cozy place.

Cheers!

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Hi emoticon Emmy and ASARICK. Isn't it nice when writers come together to encourage and inspire others on? Please keep us updated on your progress. -- Lou

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Hi,

This is my first time using Spark People. I committed to 2 hours a day of working on my graphic novel/book (we'll see what it becomes)...and was just looking for some accountability since that is often where after the 3 or 4 month point people tend to falter....Do all the members see your progress on your tracking sheet? Just wondering if there was some way to get a weekly reminder or check-in that you did your hours for the week.

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Hi everyone! Nice to see some new friends here and it's good to see you here, Kat, who I've known for a while now! Cheers, Emmy :))

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emoticon everyone. It is a joy to read of our common concerns of writing challenges, weight loss, time management, and seeking support. In time we all may be able to help each other with these areas that are holding us back. Stay focused and positive and please check back often. -- Lou

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Thanks Lydia! I just posted a new thread in the general discussion like you suggested!

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Thanks Lydia! I just posted a new thread in the general discussion like you suggested!

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Egerblue1, Good for you! You have chosen three important areas to work on, but have cut manageable bites.

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Hi, Kat,
What is it that makes you feel out of your league? If you'd like to discuss this, open the thread on the General Discussion board. I've done a lot of freelancing over the years, and I've hired freelancers as an editor for many years. Perhaps I can help.

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Hello everyone!

I've been on sparkpeople for several years now, and I'm hoping this time I can make my efforts stick. I love to write, but haven't been making time for it lately. Due to recent unemployment I've been toying with the idea of freelance work, but I feel so very out of my league in doing so. We shall see what the future holds, and I look forward to getting to know you all!

Cheers,
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Hi, all. I'm thrilled to find a writers' support group on a weight loss site! For me, the two are interconnected, along with depression. When the depression is bad, I eat junk food (lots of it!), and my energy level drops. When my energy level drops, I don't write, and I allow the depression to tell me that I'm a loser, that I'll never be successful, and that I should just give up. This leads to more overeating, which leads to... well, you get the picture.

I'm trying something new this time: rather than focusing on huge goals (like losing 100 pounds, or finishing the epic fantasy novel I'm working on), I'm going to hold myself accountable for taking a couple of small (sometimes minuscule!) steps each day. Specifically, I'm going to focus on writing at least 30 minutes each day; on riding my bike and/or walking a little bit each day; and on making the healthiest eating choices I am capable of on any given day.

Doesn't sound like much, I know. But it allows me to fight small battles, one at a time, and to enjoy small victories. It also means that, if I screw up on a particular day, I simply pick up the battle again the next day. So I'm going to check in here every day or two, note my successes and failures, and try to both give and get support from the group.

Glad to be here!

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Hello! I too have been wanting to do a book. I also have not yet taken a step towards that dream, however I am sure that I will sooner or later. All of my writing has seemed to be centered around my early love life; more or less in my teenage years. Now that I am married and a mother, I feel that I really have nothing to write about. Nothing that I can just dive into and lose myself in. I once had a writing assignment in high school that was somewhat of a short story; after I turned it in, I re-read it and found that it was so unorganized! There were random events scattered throughout the pages. I couldn't believe how sloppy it was. My teacher had dually noted. I want to have enough time and the right place to just block everything out, and just spill emotion and thought onto a piece of lined paper in front of me. *Sigh* Well, maybe someday.

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I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. I have over a hundred poems I have managed to save over the years, despite the many times of writer's block. But I also have many unfinished poems, too, that really bother me....I finally started sharing my poetry, & am getting a lot of positive feedback, which helps immensely.

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Hi everyone, I have been writing fairly consistently for about 10 years. I tend to memoir and essays and have had several pieces published in newspapers and essay collections. I want to organize my pieces and future projects around a book project of some kind. So far I've just been thinking about it and not really tackling it. Looking forward to checking in here and learning from everyone.



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Hi I love writing creatively. I have had three books published and two won awards best of the year in their category. For a short time I belonged to a writers group of christian woman but life got complicated and haven't actually done any writing in a couple years. Wanting to get back to it.

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Hello everyone. I've been writing for fun my whole life but now I'd like to start working on the novel I've always wanted to write. Hopefully we can all support each other in our efforts. Nice to 'meet' you all!

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I graduated with an English degree in 2010 but haven't really made any progress career wise due to illness. I'm finally at a place where I am well enough to jump back into the job search and also want to enter more writing contests. My strength is in poetry.

Will have a look around this support group and maybe do some of the challenges. Didn't think sparkpeople would have a writer's support group, pretty awesome if you ask me. emoticon



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Hi - I'm Sharon from NJ, which you might guess from the headline.

I was a Proposal Manager/Writer for over 10 years, but I am staying home to care for my two girls - ages 5 and 2. I have done a variety of freelance work, including: grant writing, journalism for a newspaper, contract work for a proposal, and blogging. In addition, I write professional resumes, and get work through referrals from friends.

My blog is a local site for families in my area about family-friendly activities, as well as deals (groupon, etc.) in our area. In addition, I sporadically work for an online publishing company and write for other companies' blogs.

I would love to find some consistent, paid writing work.

For fun, I would like to cull my personal vignettes into either a cohesive story, or a collection of short stories.

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emoticon , Brianne. Nice getting to know another writer. What do you think has caused you to lose your writing motivational mojo? How may we help get it back for you and others? -- Lou

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Hi, I'm Brianne. I joined Spark about a year ago and I am trying hard to stick to getting healthy.
I saw this group and hoped that it may help me get back into writing. I used to write all the time. Page after page. Mostly, for my own enjoyment. It has been a long time since I have written something I have liked. I really want to get back to my stories.

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emoticon ! Please let us know how we may help you with your weight loss and writing. emoticon -- Lou

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emoticon to both of you! Nice having you with us. Any questions, just ask. emoticon -- Lou

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Hi, I am new to this team. I am also new to writing. I've wanted to write for years, and am at a point in my life that I am ready to devote myself to writing. I would like to write a memoir and am reading Writing Life Stories, by Bill Roorbach. I'm not really interested in getting published, just getting the stories out of my head. I love the idea that this community is part of SparkPeople. I'm glad to be a part of it.

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Hi, everyone. I'm getting back to writing after taking a year long break. So far I've completed 3 novels, and a handful of short stories and plays. I tend to write young adult or urban fantasy. Not sure what I'm going to work on next. I plan on journalling until I get something I can use as a jumping off point.

Happy writing!

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I appreciate your support and advice, Lou. Thanks!

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Don't do telephone queries unless you know the editor really well and have received permission to do so. Read about effective query letters and practice writing some with made-up articles. Always write or email a publication for its writer's guidelines; many major and regional ones are available in Writer's Market.

First paragraph: Usually your article's lead, to get editor's attention.

Second paragraph" Why this article will be a good fit for the publication (educate readers, make them laugh, etc.).

Third paragraph: Why you are qualified to write the article (personal experience, passion, etc.). Include here names of any other pubs you've written for, including newsletters, fliers, brochures.

Fourth paragraph: Length of proposed piece (use pub's guidelines for reference), when you can have article to editor. Thank you for their consideration.

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Thanks, Lou. You have a great point. I have had a narrow view about publication. I looked into freelancing (through an online class and a couple of books) but I have always been terrified at the idea of cold calling someone and saying, "Hey, I'm doing a story on X and was wondering if I could get a quote from you?" And then the savvy response will be, "Really? What publication do you work for?" My response: *Gulp.* But as you suggest I'll check out Writer's Market. Thanks!

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emoticon back! There are many ways to get published -- neighborhood newsletters, "Letters to the Editor" and "My Word" opinion pieces in local and out of area newspapers (hometown, college town, etc.), magazine articles, etc. Look at every piece of printed material you come across as a potential outlet. Many businesses and companies have their own newspapers/newsletters. Be open to possibilities and realize that being published is not limited to short stories or books. Those may come in time but until then there is a lot of money available for freelanced submissions. Check "Writer's Market" as a starting point. May you have much success. emoticon -- Lou

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Hello there, everyone! I am a returning member. I did lose about 20 pounds on here two years ago, then got in a relationship, and both he and I gained back about 40 pounds apiece. Sigh. So starting fresh.

I have a bachelor's degree in English but I never used it. I love to write, but like Jess said, it's scary. I write and my characters are stick figures, and I don't immediately have a great story idea, so I just give up and leave the stories unfinished. I bought a book I've read before though, and highly recommend it, if you need help getting started or on just about any aspect of writing: "Immediate Fiction" by Jerry Cleaver.

I am in love with short stories and that's really what I'm drawn to. You'd think they'd be easier, but according to the author, and to a former online writing teacher I had, that's just not the case.

I am happiest when I am being creative. I would love to get better at writing, and get published, if I can learn patience and discipline.

Glad to be part of the group.

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emoticon , Jess. Hoping you have much success with your projects and your weight loss. emoticon -- Lou

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Hi all! My name is Jess and I am so happy I found this group! I actually joined SP in 2007 and lost close to 70 pounds. Over the last five years I have gained it all back. But I am motivated to lose again and maintain it this time!

I currently am working on two different types of writing projects. The first one is for academic purposes. I would like to apply to a doctorate program for admission next Fall. The area of study I am pursuing is in rhetoric, so I am working on research and writing for a strong writing sample.

The other writing project is more of a creative endeavor. It is my dream to publish a book of short stories in the magical realism genre. My favorite authors are all magical realists and I aspire to write my own collection.

Like others here, I have trouble sitting down to write, but I also have trouble taking the first steps in writing because the first couple of sentences I write always sound horrific in my mind, so I just give up.

In any case, I am hoping this group will help me find some great inspiration and motivation to work on these projects.

Nice to meet everyone and thank you for having me come aboard.

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emoticon , Karl. I also sometimes tell myself there are too many other things taking up my time leaving none for writing. But I realized one day that people with other passions find time for run, bowling, golfing, painting, woodworking, gardening, working on a car, etc., so why do we as writers consistently claim we have no time for our passion when it can be done at home, at work on a break, in a diner for lunch, at a park, and so many other places at any time? That realization is what keeps me on track because I love to write. emoticon -- Lou

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Hi. I'm Karl and have been on SP since Sept 2011. I've lost around 50 pounds since then and want to lose a whole lot more.

I am currently attempting to write a book kinda in line with Dan Brown's stuff minus the religion. My story centers around a couple of guys who sign up for an adventure and have to find clues to locations around the world at each stop.

My biggest problem is actually sitting down and writing. I've started and stopped several different times on various "great american novels", but I really want to give this one a shot.

Glad to have found this group!

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emoticon ! Slow but sure is the way to go, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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Hi. I'm Cherie. I need to lose 28 pounds. I have some health issues that I am working on so I joined SP. My writing is in spurts. I write poetry, songs, stories etc. I am working on balance and being positive in my life, slow but sure.

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Welcome to the team, Jen! I'm so sorry for your losses, but I am happy to hear you are finding healing and hope for yourself.

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